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  • Summary: New York radio host Erica Bain has a life that she loves and a fiancé she adores. But all of it is taken from her when a brutal attack leaves Erica badly wounded and her fiancé dead. Unable to move past the tragedy, Erica begins prowling the city streets at night to track down the men she holds responsible. Her dark pursuit of justice catches the public's attention, and the city is riveted by her anonymous exploits. But with the NYPD desperate to find the culprit and a dogged police detective hot on her trail, she must decide whether her quest for revenge is truly the right path or if she is becoming the very thing she is trying to stop. (Warner Bros. Pictures)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 33
  2. Negative: 3 out of 33
  1. 88
    Where did Hollywood get the conviction that audiences demand an ending that lets them off the hook? Foster doesn't let herself off the hook in The Brave One, and we should be as brave as she is.
  2. The Brave One is "Death Wish" with a guilty conscience, and while it may be a bit of a hypocrite as vigilante thrillers go, the internal contradictions of the thing make for a very interesting picture.
  3. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    70
    Taken literally, almost everything that follows in The Brave One so seriously strains credibility (even by the standards of the genre) as to enter the realm of the absurd. Taken on the level of a menacing urban fairy tale, however--something akin to what Jane Campion was aiming for with "In the Cut"--it's strangely fascinating.
  4. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    63
    If only The Brave One had captured more of the complex nature of the fear and paranoia plaguing society since 9/11. Instead, it is a well-made but predictable take on the revenge fantasy thriller, with a female twist.
  5. Everything about Foster's ocular intensity is riveting, but little in this hushed vigilante drama makes sense.
  6. 50
    Formulaic and creaky as a Harrison Ford action sequence, but sufficiently gussied up with good actors and a decent director so that you don’t entirely mind.
  7. The film moves from cliché to cliché and hemorrhages blood and logic at an alarming rate.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 35
  2. Negative: 6 out of 35
  1. SteenM.
    Sep 22, 2007
    10
    Love this movie with Jodie Foster, I have seen it twice already..a must see..two thumbs way up.
  2. LukeTheDuke
    Sep 22, 2007
    9
    I love the 'revenge' theme in books, TV, and film. Vengeance Unlimited was wrongly cancelled on TV, and nothing as tasty has made the rounds since then. 'A History of Violence' was close, but with a twist that employed a different manner of vengeance. But this film really restored my belief in the spirtiual release which comes with avenging a wrongful murder of an innocent. The casting of the cops must have been done by a cop-hater, because Terrence Howard lacked believability. Foster was great, many of the bad ganstahs, the hooker, and others were also well-cast. Naveen Andrews was also unbelievable as the object of Foster's love. But, all-in-all, this was pretty satisfying. The ending also deserves a deduction. Really, my vote is only eight-and-a-half points, but MetaCritic demands whole numbers, so better to give it a nine despite its faults than an 8. If you like getting even with the scum-bags, you won't be disappointed. Expand
  3. TylerD.
    Oct 27, 2007
    8
    Very enjoyable movie with a very gruesome trigger of homicide-filled rising action and a satisfying ending. I loved it.
  4. JonF.
    Feb 24, 2008
    6
    Pretty good, not a keeper. Slow throughout, ending suprised us. Good to watch - don't buy.
  5. Aug 28, 2014
    5
    Jodie Foster gives another, incredibly brave performance in the title role. However, the Brave One suffers from predictability and an awkward premise involving a radio talk show host. Expand
  6. EmmaK
    Oct 8, 2007
    4
    It was totally predictable and nothing new whatsoever, Foster was a mess the entire thing and didn't show any emoticon except sadness and anger. Overall it was just dumb. Expand
  7. AndyS.
    Sep 15, 2007
    1
    Good acting only accentuates the pretentious bad taste and stupidity of this movie. Completely fails as a Deathwish revenge fantasy; even worse if you take it half as seriously as it wants to be taken. Don't waste your time with this one. Expand

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